Ian McKellen

UK actor Ian McKellen: 'India needs to grow up' about gays

British actor Ian McKellen has criticized India's use of a British colonial law to crack down on homosexuals, saying in an interview with a Mumbai newspaper published Tuesday that "India needs to grow up."

The 76-year-old actor was in the west coast Indian city this week to promote the British Film Industry's "Shakespeare on Film" series coinciding with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. He also dined with Bollywood stars, and was planning to open the regional LGBT-themed Kashish Film Festival on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Mumbai Mirror, the openly gay actor spoke candidly about Britain's social and political evolution toward...